Here Comes Everybody: How Change Happens when People Come Together

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Penguin Adult, Feb 5, 2009 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
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Clay Shirky's international bestseller Here Comes Everybody: How Change Happens When People Come Together explores how the unifying power of the internet is changing the character of human society.

Welcome to the new future of involvement. Forming groups is easier than it's ever been: unpaid volunteers build Wikipedia together in their spare time, mistreated customers can join forces to get their revenge on airlines and high street banks, and one man with a laptop can raise an army to help recover a stolen phone.

The results of this new world of easy collaboration can be both good (young people defying an oppressive government with a guerrilla ice-cream eating protest) and bad (girls sharing advice for staying dangerously skinny) but it's here and, as Clay Shirky shows, it's affecting... well, everybody.

For the first time, we have the tools to make group action truly a reality. And they're going to change our whole world.

'As crisply argued and as enlightening a book about the internet as has been written'
  Daily Telegraph

'As usable as the technology he writes about'
  Independent

'Clay Shirky's masterpiece ... glittering, brilliant insights that make me think, yes, of course, that's how it all works'
  Cory Doctorow, co-editor of Boing Boing

'Anyone interested in the vitality and influence of groups of human beings - from knitting circles, to political movements, to multinational corporations - needs to read this book'
  Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad is Good for You and Emergence

Clay Shirky writes, teaches, and consults on the social and economic effects of the internet. A professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, he has consulted for Nokia, Procter and Gamble, News Corp., the BBC, the US Navy, and Lego. Over the years, his writings have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, Wired, and IEEE Computer.

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Review: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

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Could be interesting for those not deeply rooted in the tech development and start-up world. This book was probably quite eye opening when it first came out, but the content is very temporal and now ... Read full review

Review: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

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Includes the tragedy of the commons, content vs conversation - content generates conversation, content without conversation is a shortsighted goal, communities of practice (expertise found in numerous ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Clay Shirky writes, teaches, and consults on the social and economic effects of the internet, especially on places where our social and technological networks overlap. His goal is to describe the intersection of social tools and social life, helping people to understand both what's happening around them and how tools could he designed that better support social activity.

A professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, he has consulted for Nokia, Procter and Gamble, News Corp., the BBC, the US Navy and Lego. Over the years, his writings have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, Wired, and IEEE Computer. Pivotal articles include 'Exiting Deanspace', an analysis of Howard Dean's loss of the US Democratic nomination in 2004, and how his web campaign may actually have contributed to the loss, and 'Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality', about the ways that the social dynamics of online communication tend to create great imbalances of attention.

A regular keynote speaker at tech conferences, he has never believed that technology is an end in itself; rather it is our use of technology that matters.

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